Registering Now for February 2022 Manchester Hypnotherapy Training

It may be 6 months away, at the time of writing. until our next Manchester Hypnotherapy Training course, but February 2022 will soon be here if history is anything to go by !


Did anybody else think that time seemed to go quickly over the last year? It did for us too. We can’t quite believe that the current group of CPHT Manchester students are on Month 7 of the 10 Month course. It seems like only yesterday that they were on their first day with us.

We are already taking registrations for the next Manchester Hypnotherapy training course, in fact, we are filling up nicely. We will be back in the classroom again, and we are pleased with our new venue in the city centre of Manchester.

The first weekend is always a fun event. It’s where we set the scene for the rest of the course. You will also experience your first practical hypnotherapy session on the couch. You will learn how the brain works in relation to anger, anxiety, and depression and you will also learn how we use this information to help our clients to make positive changes in their lives.

Sometimes we get asked why choose CPHT Manchester for hypnotherapy training?  Well, we have laid out the answer to this with the Top 10 Reasons, to join us if this helps. I should probably do a blog on some of those reasons  next time!

Most of all though, the course is positive, practical, and informative. The lecturers are experienced solution-focused hypnotherapists and supervisors. We also combine hypnosis with psychotherapy, elements of NLP, CBT, and neuroscience. So you can feel confident that you can help your clients by using the most modern and proven approaches that are available today. More on the course contents can be found here.

Here are a couple of reviews of CPHT Hypnotherapy Training – you can also check out our CPHT Manchester Facebook Page for video testimonials.

“If you want to be a Hypnotherapist, this is the only course you should consider. I have enjoyed every single weekend and have learnt so much that I am truly confident in my ability to help and to operate a successful hypnotherapy practice. Not only that but I myself feel stronger, more confident and happier since starting with CPHT.”

“The wealth of knowledge from the course I can honestly say has stuck with me and been more useful in the real world my 3 year degree. The number of people I have already helped through my training and continue to help is so up lifting. My favourite days of the week are the days I see my clients because the job is so positive and enjoyable. If you are passionate about making a difference and helping others to achieve their goals, then what are you waiting for? You will love this course and the future it offers!”

Interested? Why not get in touch for a chat. You can call me, Debbie, (left in pic), or Jane. Our contact details are at 

How long will it be before I can start practising as a Hypnotherapist?


One of the questions we often get asked from potential students who are interested in our Manchester hypnotherapy training course is ‘How long will it be until I can start practising as a hypnotherapist’. So we thought it worthy of a brief blog to explain.

The answer is – fairly quickly !  Firstly, you can relax, you are in good hands here. Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT) has been in operation for nearly 25 years, and we have trained a lot of solution focused hypnotherapists in that time ! We have over 20 UK locations at the time of writing up and down the country.

Hypnotherapy Training senior lecturers

Jane and I (Debbie) are your senior lecturers, and we remember how it was when we started training to become solution focused hypnotherapists. We also trained at CPHT and we are both now full time solution focused hypnotherapists with our own busy practices. We love what we do because it’s so positive and helpful to clients. We also love having a captive audience in our teaching to encourage new practitioners in their new careers.

Back to the Question…

So let’s get back to the question… we realise you are keen to get going, and also to recuperate the training costs. The good news is that you can start to practice as a student whilst you are training ! In fact, from month 1, you will be able to confidently practice relaxation on the couch with family and friends as a student practitioner. By the end of month 3, you will be helping people with stress and mild to moderate anxiety.

Each module builds more knowledge that you can practice outside the teaching room. So, as we add weight management, or phobias, helping people with depression, OCD, PTSD or smoking cessation, you will be able to go and practice that with your appreciative volunteers. You will also learn psychotherapy skills – you will soon see that it’s not all about what happens on the couch. No swinging watches or old fashioned stage induction tricks here. Instead it’s modern, up-to-date, research based, evidence based psychology tools that we use and you will learn all this on our courses.

Hypnotherapy supervision and support

We provide  individual support as needed between weekends and on teaching weekends.  After month 8, and subject to having completed key tasks and approved by your tutors you can start to charge half price to your clients as a student practitioner. Your portfolio is assessed independently by the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) ensuring the quality gold standard of the prestigious NCFE Level 4 HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma). You will also be awarded the DSFH (Diploma for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy).

What this means is, by the time you complete the course, 10 months later, you will have had lots of practice. You will have seen the results working with your volunteers, and you may have already started to get word of mouth referrals. So, basically you can be up and running by the time the course is completed. We provide ongoing support after you graduate with individual supervision and continuing professional development courses to support your growth as a practitioner.

We even show you how to measure outcomes with your clients which is great to build confidence, for you and your clients. See this other blog for more information tools to check outcome measures with your hypnotherapy clients

Sounds good? Don’t miss out, this could be the perfect thing for you. Contact us for details

With best wishes,

(L to R) Debbie Daltrey, and Jane Fox, course lecturers for CPHT Manchester.


Train To Be A Hypnotherapist Manchester

A Hypnotherapist has a very varied life!

Snakes, spiders, heights, flying… these are common phobias clients arrive at our therapy door with.  There are also some more unusual ones, such as a fear of the colour yellow, a fear of trees and a fear of cheese, yes cheese!

A career as a clinical hypnotherapist can be very varied.  The above list of phobias is just the tip of the phobia iceberg, and we work with many other areas in addition to helping our customers sort their phobias.


The vast majority of our work is helping people to overcome generalised anxiety.  Anxiety is so common in today’s society.  Symptoms have a vast range, from insomnia through to actual pain; from eating too much through to not eating enough; from biting nails to pulling hair out.  All can be caused by anxiety.

No matter what the issues, we can usually help the customer to reduce the anxiety surrounding the problem and regain intellectual control. This is extremely rewarding for both the therapist and customer alike.

Hypnotherapy Training

At Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training (CPHT), Manchester, we teach our students how to deal with the huge variety of issues that their customers will present with.  Different techniques, including the 4-session technique to help overcome phobias and the one-session way of helping someone to stop smoking. When it comes to general anxiety, we know it can take 6-8-12 sessions (sometimes more) to help overcome anxiety.


If you would like to consider a career that is as varied as it is rewarding, get in touch with Debbie Daltrey, senior lecturer at for details of our next course.

CPHT has been providing Hypnotherapy Training in the UK for over 24 years, with over 20 satellite schools across the UK and a growing international presence.

Jane Fox and Debbie Daltrey, senior lecturers at CPHT Manchester

Career Opportunities in Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is becoming more popular as a treatment modality, and demand for hypnotherapy training courses has increased in Manchester.

According to an article in ‘Healthtimes’ (2018), The medical field, including mental health professionals, are becoming more accepting of hypnotherapy as an effective treatment modality, and “there is a plethora of research showing its efficacy for pain, surgery, and childbirth and recently more studies have focused on mental health.”

At CPHT Manchester, we are proud to be offering one of the most modern hypnotherapy training courses available. Our courses incorporate evidence-backed research and science-based approaches based on psychotherapy and neuroscience.

It’s a really exciting time to be training as a solution-focused hypnotherapist.

The course lecturers Debbie and Jane both run their own successful hypnotherapy practices and are solution-focused supervisors. The lecturers have seen firsthand from their practices that hypnotherapy has definitely become more of a mainstream therapy these days, and most people are realising it offers an effective treatment for stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts, as well as the traditional phobias and smoking cessation.

The good news is that you require no previous experience to train as a hypnotherapist with CPHT Manchester hypnotherapy training. If you have an interest in helping others, we can teach you the rest.

For more information on dates and pricing, or to contact us for a chat see

Jane Fox and Debbie Daltrey, Senior Lecturers for CPHT Manchester
Jane Fox and Debbie Daltrey, Senior Lecturers for CPHT Manchester

New 2022 Hypnotherapy Course dates for Manchester

Spring is here, lockdown restrictions are easing, the pub gardens are open, and most importantly so are the hairdressers!

Things are looking much more optimistic we feel.

Jane Fox and Debbie Daltrey, Senior Lecturers for CPHT Manchester
Jane Fox and Debbie Daltrey, Senior Lecturers for CPHT Manchester

We are pleased to announce next year’s course dates for CPHT Manchester hypnotherapy training for February 2022. It may seem a long time away, but at the time of writing in April 2021, we already have people booked on, so it’s never too early to apply.

This course is probably the most practical hypnotherapy training course in the country.

Our students work with volunteers from early in the course, to hone and practice their skills. This means that by the time they graduate after 10 months, that they have the confidence to step into their own private practice. In fact, most graduates already have their practice in place by the time they finish the course!

Many students who are interested in hypnotherapy training in Manchester ask us if any previous experience is needed. The answer is no, you can relax by being reassured that we teach you all you need to know. CPHT is also a well-established and experienced organisation, and we have over 25 schools in the UK and abroad.

During your training, you will be working with volunteers on a number of issues including stress management, mild to moderate depression, motivation, confidence, problems with sleep, phobias, help with weight management, or quitting smoking.

The most important thing is, that it’s fun too. That’s the best way to learn. It is supportive too, our hypnotherapy in Manchester students form close bonds over the courses and often stay friends for long after graduation.

The course lecturers for CPHT Manchester hypnotherapy training are Debbie and Jane, who work hard to maintain the best experience for each and every student and deliver the most modern up-to-date teaching. All course content is continually updated to keep up to date with modern evidence-based research.

Included within the course is the widely respected Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma, (HPD) a level 4 qualification which is externally accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, and also the Diploma for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH).

Once you graduate you join a community of qualified practitioners who form a supportive team, and as you transfer into your part-time or full-time practice you will have your own supervisor to help, so you are always supported throughout your future practice.

Interested? Have a look at the website and if you apply online, we will be in touch to organise an interview so you can chat with us and we can take it from there.

Now then, off to the hairdressers!

Next Manchester Hypnotherapy course is on a Week-day!

Update: Hypnotherapy Training courses in Manchester

We are really happy to welcome our new cohort of hypnotherapy students for Manchester who started at the end of February 2021. They are a lovely bunch of people as you can see from the picture below, smiling happy faces of people who want to train in a new career helping others.

We really do find that we attract the nicest of people to our courses!

We are still working well with the live interactive sessions on Zoom, until restrictions ease in Manchester. The benefit is that the students will also be learning how to run online sessions for solution focused hypnotherapy. They are then taking that learning to use with their volunteers between teaching weekends.

We have some news. The current Manchester hypnotherapy course that runs for one weekend per month, has been so popular that we decided to try a week-day course as well.

So we are pleased to announce that our next course will run on one Monday and Tuesday per month, starting September 20th/21st, 2021. So if you are a parent, and looking for something to fit around the children, it could be ideal for you. The new course dates can be found on the CPHT Manchester website.

You can apply online, and we will be in touch for a short video interview to have a chat about your interest in training with us.

We are looking forward to the first mid-week course at CPHT Manchester !

Best wishes

Debbie & Jane, course lecturers.

Jane Fox and Debbie Daltrey, Senior Lecturers for CPHT Manchester
Jane Fox and Debbie Daltrey, Senior Lecturers for CPHT Manchester


Registrations Open for Hypnotherapy Training Course February 2021

At CPHT Manchester, we are pleased to be ‘getting on with it’ with the current course. The new students will be on their way to achieving the Diploma for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH), and the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD).

We are delivering the course live by Zoom during this current phase of the pandemic. The lively and interactive zoom sessions are run one weekend per month.

We are pleased that the past students continued to show genuine commitment and enthusiasm for their training, and we thank them for their collaboration and patience as we worked our way through this unprecedented period.

We have found the Zoom sessions positive and productive, and although we expected it to be tiring, and hard-going, they actually seem to fly by !

We are also pleased to be taking registrations for the next CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training course which starts 27th February 2021.

Why CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training?

We believe we offer a package of training that enables practitioners to go confidently into practice. Most of our graduates continue to practice either full-time or part-time and often working around family or work commitments. The great thing is, it’s your practice, and therefore it’s your choice.

The main reason most of our graduates go into practice, is because they enjoy it !

What is so rewarding about helping people using hypnotherapy? Well, it’s a very positive approach that we use. We support clients to help them to make those positive changes in their life. We use the science of neuroscience with our clients to explain how the brain works to create anxiety, anger and low mood, and we show them what they can do about it.

We work using evidence based techniques and practices, including solution focused therapy.  So, don’t take our word for it, look up these methodologies, as these are the main areas of growth in modern psychotherapy today.

We also offer a very practical course. Our students practice with their chosen volunteers throughout the 10 month duration of the course. This helps them leave the course as confident practitioners, able to continue to see people and to be charging for their services as qualified practitioners in their own practice.

There is a definite feeling of reward for being autonomous in your own practice, and doing something good that helps other people.

If you are interested in a new career, then why not contact us for more information. This could be just the thing you are looking for. The course runs over 10 months, with 10 teaching weekends, one per month. This fits in well with most people’s schedules. There is an excellent balance of practical work and theory, and we support you all the way.

And of course, we are always very positive.

Places are filling up for the 2021 hypnotherapy course in Manchester

Jane (left) and Debbie, course lecturers for CPHT Manchester

Debbie and Jane, the course lecturers for CPHT Manchester have been very pleased with the response received for the next Manchester hypnotherapy training course starting in February 2021.

As we reflect on 2020, it has been a strange and difficult year for everybody, and particularly here in Manchester where we seem to have remained on a ‘Tier 3’ throughout. The good news with a vaccine approaching means that 2021 finally represents renewed hope for a healthier and safer year ahead.

During the ‘lockdown’ period many people have had chance to reflect on what they would like to get out of life. Many have had the opportunity to work from home, and this can feel like the glimmer of the start of a better work/life balance that they would like more of.

Other people have been less fortunate with furlough and redundancy. This can be viewed as an opportunity to do something completely different, and thoughts have led to a new direction for some, including thoughts of exploring a new career.

The one thing our students always have in common is that they want to help people. If you were instrumental in helping only one other human being to change their life for the better so dramatically that they said something like: “I really didn’t realise how wonderful just being alive could be!” you’d feel pretty pleased for that individual. As a hypnotherapist you will not be helping just one person, but scores, hundreds – even thousands – to that same sense of liberation and well-being.

As a solution focused hypnotherapist in practice, you will be helping people with conditions including stress, anxiety, motivation, confidence, weight management, insomnia, sports performance, OCD, PTSD,  as well as the traditional phobias and smoking cessation that hypnotherapy is known for.

We are looking forward to the next hypnotherapy course in Manchester starting February 2021. It is always such a pleasure to teach such a lively and interactive and practical hypnotherapy training course.

A new year, a new career – 2021 offers an exciting new opportunity for those that have signed up with us so far.

If you would be interested in finding out more you can visit our website at CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training

Train in Hypnotherapy: Helping Clients Break Habits

Would you like to train in hypnotherapy to help clients to break bad habits? Many of our clients will visit a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist to help them with this.

How do we define a habit?

A habit is some repetitive behaviour that may not be helpful to us. Examples include; nail biting, eating unhealthy food, not taking enough exercise, or drinking too much. Solution focused hypnotherapy can really help with this. As we repeat unhealthy behaviours, we actually form neural pathways in the brain. The more we repeat the behaviour, the more we are encouraged to carry out that behaviour.

We also make associations in the brain, which strengthen neural pathways. For example we may always have a cake at 3:00pm with a cup of tea in the lounge. That connects the behaviour with a time and a place. If we take a cup of tea to the lounge at 3:00pm, our brain expects there to also be a cake ! The brain has associated the cake with relaxation. This feels good, so again we are encouraged to repeat the behaviour.

How do we build new neural pathways in the brain?

One easy way to explain it, is to use a metaphor. It’s like being at the top of a ski slope looking at the route down the mountain.

There is a well-worn pathway down the mountain that is quick and easy to travel down and it gets you to the hotel at the bottom for a gorgeous hot chocolate. It has all the works that you absolutely love. However,  these hot chocolates are making you put on weight and your salopettes are getting a bit tight. You hear that there is another cafe a few miles away that provides healthy, delicious alternatives. So you decide you want to try these instead.

But the route down to this new café is a bit less well defined, the snow is softer and it’s a bit over-grown so it’s harder to get down and takes longer.

But in time, with regular use, this new pathway gets easier and faster. In the meantime when we look back at the old route, it is not even visible. It has been covered with new snow, and perhaps overgrown with shrubbery underneath. It’s has become the slower route. Our new neural pathway has been developed and over-ridden the old path.

So how do we help our clients to break habits?

We can encourage clients to make the changes they want in their lives by encouraging them to recognise the patterns in their behaviour. To break habits, you need to break those associations. We use solution focused psychotherapy to help the client identify small changes at first, and then leading to achievable steps towards where they want to be. We also offer psychoeducation to clients about how the brain works. This amazing ability of your brain to adapt and change is known as neuroplasticity Neuroscience – how the brain works

Within Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, the client is encouraged to think about what they could change to disrupt the association of unhelpful behaviours, and do something else instead. It may take time to develop new habits, but it will work in time with repetition and they will have found a different pathway down that mountain.

If you are interested in finding out more about training with CPHT Manchester as a solution focused hypnotherapist, then please make contact with us. You can find all our contact details at

Credit to author: Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training. 

The Importance of Sleep

In our Hypnotherapy Training delivered at Manchester, the  Initial Consultation involves about 10 minutes of information gathering. We ask our clients a few pertinent questions that rather quickly gives us a picture of the client’s stress levels. We go onto discuss these later in the first meeting.

Probably the most telling questions we ask revolve around sleep. The majority of our clients will report that they have trouble getting off to sleep at night. Perhaps they wake up too early, or they have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

The value and importance of getting a good night’s sleep cannot be underestimated. We explain why this is so in the Hypnotherapy Initial Consultation.

The Stress Bucket

We use the metaphor of the ‘stress bucket’ – a place where we store all our negative thoughts that come into our minds during the day, or things from the past that have not been resolved. Some are big things that could have severe consequences but the small things also go in there. Some of these things we just make up in our minds, negatively forecasting what might happen in the future. The more we have in our stress bucket, the more negative we get and the more we tend to pile things into our stress bucket. So, we can get into a bit of a vicious cycle.

REM Sleep

When we are asleep at night, our brain is actually working quite hard to empty the stress bucket. During a particular phase of sleep, REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, the brain examines those unresolved issues of the day and takes away the emotional content. By morning, we may have forgotten the argument we had with the boss that day, or we may be thinking “I don’t know why I got so wound up about that”.

REM sleep makes up only part of our sleep cycle and it can run out if the bucket is full or overflowing, and this in turn can cause early morning wakening. REM sleep also uses up a lot of energy, so we can wake up feeling tired and a bit fed up.

Keeping the Stress Bucket Empty

With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, we encourage the client to think in a more positive way, so that the ‘stress bucket’ does not fill up so easily. We can also improve on the client’s REM sleep by providing them with a relaxation download to listen to as they go to sleep. The relaxation download acts like an extra boost of REM sleep, assisting the brain in emptying the stress bucket.

So, by putting less negative stuff in the bucket, and having more ‘bucket emptying’ going on during sleep, the bucket starts to empty and the client begins to sleep better and to feel better too. One of the first positive outcomes the client will see when having Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is usually this improvement in sleep.

Our students on the training course can also see this in their volunteers in the very early days of their training. This early positive change is really motivating for the client volunteer,  and of course, the student.

Interested in Hypnotherapy Training in Manchester?

If you are interested in training to become a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, check out our courses at

Neuroscience – or how the brain works.

A great advantage we have in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that we explain to a client, how the brain works, and how this is reflected in the symptoms or difficulties they are experiencing.

The brain is an extraordinarily complex organ but for the purposed of our explanation, it can be considered as two parts.

There is the intellectual brain, which sets us apart from the other animals and is usually positive.

But we also have a part of the brain that has not changed since caveman times – the primitive emotional mind. Many of our difficulties lie in the balance between these two parts of the brain.

The intellectual mind is logical and positive and when we are operating in this part of the brain, we are positive, confident, happy and we make good choices. But the primitive brain, because its job is to protect us, can have a strong negative influence on our thoughts and actions.

If the primitive part of the brain perceives that we are in some sort of danger, or crisis, it will step in to help us. Faced with real danger, the primitive mind will put us into ‘fight or flight’ and changes will happen to our physiology – the heart will race, stomach churn, we will go sweaty – and we will run away. And that would be appropriate, under the circumstances.

But this can sometimes happen in life when we are overworked, stressed and it can gradually build up until the primitive mind misreads this and provokes the ‘fight or flight’ when there is nothing to fight or to run away from !

This causes us to undergo the physiological changes in the body but it doesn’t help, and in fact makes us feel pretty uncomfortable. We know that long term stress can cause a threat to our physical health.

Explaining how the brain works gives the client an understanding of what is happening to them. They can see that what they are experiencing can be explained as a normal response to stress, or to other life event(s).

Further explanation demonstrates to clients of how solution focused hypnotherapy works, and it shows them that they can take control of their lives to provide hope, optimism, and confidence for a way forward.

Would you like to train with us as a solution focused hypnotherapist? See the website for next course details, or contact Debbie or Jane, course lecturers at CPHT Manchester.

This blog post was written by Jane Fox, Senior Lecturer at CPHT Manchester.

Hypnotherapy Training in Manchester 2020

We are so excited to be starting the next CPHT Hypnotherapy Training course at Manchester starting 29th February 2020.

CPHT has been running hypnotherapy training courses for over 20 years, with the first courses being run from Bristol. Nowadays, CPHT have regional training centres all over the UK, and abroad too.

The course content is tried and tested, and has been carefully honed and improved over the years. All of the course material is research based and evidence based. We teach neuroscience and psychotherapy tools to the students. This very modern approach means they can be confident in putting their skills into practice.

Our new students have a lot to look forward to ! After the very first weekend they will be practising with family and friends on the couch for general relaxation. They will soon start to see some small reported changes in those volunteers which will surprise and delight the students, and of course, this practice rapidly builds confidence.

Later in the course we provide you with tools to measure client success scientifically, so you can collaborate with your clients on their progress.

Over the 10 weekends of the course we add more theory and practice for different presenting issues you may come across with your clients. These include anxiety, stress, confidence, low mood, motivation, insomnia, weight management, sports performance, smoking cessation, OCD, phobias, PTSD, and more.  We incorporate tools from CBT, and NLP.

We also incorporate marketing to help you find new clients and to build your practice. A lot of graduates have their practice up and running by the time they finish the course, and in the final two months of the course they can start charging half-price as a student hypnotherapist.

Students can look forward to lots of support throughout their training and beyond. There is a wonderful community you can join of other qualified and successful CPHT solution focused hypnotherapists. We are a positive bunch, as this is a very positive type of therapy.

If you are reading this before 29th February 2020, it is not too late to apply if this looks of interest to you. Please go to the website and we will be in touch from there.

What’s different about Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

How is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Different?

Solution focused hypnotherapy is different to other types of traditional hypnotherapy. It is a more modern approach combining solution focused brief therapy, elements of NLP, and neuroscience, with hypnosis. Traditional methods were more about the hypnotherapist ‘doing something to you’, but these days, we work with clients in a more collaborative way.  

How does it work?

If you are seeing a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist you will find they all work in the same way as each other. You will be offered an initial consultation. This includes information gathering and an explanation of how the brain works to create anxiety, anger and depression and what we can do about it. Already, with this information, we are giving the client autonomy, to feel more in control. You will be given a relaxation audio to start listening to each night before you start your first session.

You will be asked some open questions during sessions to help you identify your preferred future. Your outcomes can be measured so you can see your progress along the way.  As a result, this is confidence inspiring for the client, and for the new therapist ! Of course, life happens, and we may see dips in progress that are situational. However that’s OK because we can easily get back on track. It’s lasting change that we are aiming for, not just for this week or month, but for years to come.

Who Can it Help?

Solution focused hypnotherapy can help with a whole range of issues. From anxiety and stress, through to mild to moderate depression, phobias, OCD, PTSD, weight management, sports performance, smoking cessation, and much more !

If you could help just one person feel better, wouldn’t that feel great? That’s what our solution focused hypnotherapy graduates are experiencing every day. It is such a positive therapy, that it’s energising for the therapist too.

To be part of our team of graduate hypnotherapists contact us at Ask us about next hypnotherapy training courses for February 2020. New year, new career? Maybe that could be you. Now, wouldn’t that be exciting?

We won’t miss our Graduates!

Having just waved goodbye to our lovely students who’ve just graduated in November, we know that we won’t miss them too much as we’ll be bumping into them again.  This will either be via Continual Professional Development events or simply because we’ve made friends with them and they’re still emailing us and commenting on our posts on Facebook.  

The Diploma course has been carefully structured to ensure the students have built momentum with their new businesses by the time they qualify.  This means, as they graduate, they move smoothly from being a student to a part-time or full-time therapist depending on what they want as a career.  

Because we’re a very hands-on practical course, our graduates are confident about seeing clients with a very wide range of issues.  They will have also selected a Supervisor to touch base with for advice and guidance when needed.

We’ve been rather impressed with how resourceful our graduates have been in finding a location to practice from.  Some have rented rooms at a therapy centre, one at a GP surgery and another at a spare room in a hair salon.  Luckily, in this profession, we can also work from home if that suits us. Whatever the location, we can be sure they will all provide a professional, caring environment, enhancing their clients’ experience of the therapy.

As we move forward towards our next course, we are smiling at the feedback we’ve received from this last course. Feedback such as:

“I really cannot thank you enough for leading me down this exciting path in life and teaching me the skills to help so many others it is so rewarding.”

Through to “Thank you both for being the most amazing lecturers, your knowledge, your humour and the wonderful way you impart information has made the course thoroughly enjoyable and I think you have been absolutely fantastic. When ever I have asked for guidance you have responded promptly and given expert practical advice which I have valued enormously. I have loved the course and would recommend it to anyone as being of the highest standard”.

 No doubt it’ll seem like theblink of an eye before we’re reading some good feedback on our next course!

First steps towards a solution

What is the first step towards change?

Recognising that something needs to change!

We are always interested to hear what has prompted clients to seek help in the first place.  Sometimes a client will book an appointment to help them overcome a recent event, maybe a relationship break-up, a redundancy, or an accident of some sort.  More often than not, clients tell us they’ve been struggling with anxiety or low mood for a while.

We know that human brains are designed to register change as a threat, so they often cling to old habits and mindsets.  We have a built-in preference to repeat patterns of behaviour and thought, even if they are negative, rather than use more brain energy in order to change those patterns.  In other words, our brains would prefer to stay in an uncomfortable situation, rather than do anything to improve it.

In light of this, we don’t underestimate the level of insight required for clients to recognise that something needs to change.

Small steps to big change
Small steps to big change

Realising that things can change

Frequently, clients will say something like: ‘I’ve always been anxious and I’m probably too old to change’  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Science has shown us that we can influence the structure of our brains, and hence our thought patterns, by consciously directing our thoughts in a more helpful direction. We do this by focusing on solutions and developing positive behaviours.  But as Neuro-leadership experts David Rock and Jeffery Schwartz point out, this requires energy and effort.

Clients need to understand that they do have to apply some effort to elicit change – hypnotherapy is something we work on together, it’s not something we ‘do’ to them.

Understanding how to change

We also have to understand how brain functions are fundamental to moving forward.  During every session with clients we place a great deal of emphasis on the explanation of the functioning of the brain. It can be a huge revelation for clients when they understand why they are feeling the way they do, and of course, what they can do to change unhelpful, habitual patterns of thought.

After that, sessions involve guiding clients towards their preferred future.  We do this using solution focused techniques designed to overcome the brain’s default desire to maintain the status quo.

With the emphasis on solutions and positivity, change happens naturally, one step at a time.

What’s even better?  Well, you can learn all about this on our Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course and then work with this fascinating area of work to help improve your clients’ lives!  No previous qualifications or training required – we train students who have good common sense and a personality that is suitable to work with members of the public.

Get in touch via or call Debbie on 07724 855395 for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Debbie & Jane

Hypnotherapy training for sports performance

Glenn Catley HypnotherapyGlenn Catley – former World Champion Boxer to speak at CPHT Manchester

Glenn Catley is a former World Champion Boxer (Super Middleweight Division).  We’re very proud that he will be visiting CPHT Manchester on our forthcoming course to explain how hypnotherapy helped him achieve his World Champion status.

As lecturers we know that one of the best ways we can help sporting people is to help improve their confidence in their performance.  It’s then amazing what they can achieve.

If a person is struggling to achieve their true potential, then sometimes they focus on what is going wrong rather than what is going well.  To overcome their nerves before a big race or get the right mindset before significant trials, we help them to achieve a positive mindset and help overcome the negatives. Sport is not just about physical ability, it’s also about mental ability.

Visualisation Helps

Jessica Ennis-Hill, Heptathlon Gold medallist in the London 2012 Olympics, is quoted as saying: “I use visualisation to think about the perfect technique. If I can get that perfect image in my head, then hopefully it’ll affect my physical performance.”

In one study, Jon Williamson (a professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who studies the brain’s role in exercise and physical activity), examined athletes riding exercise bikes under hypnosis:

“We told them they were about to go up a hill, and their heart rate increased even though their workload hadn’t changed. When that happened, we saw activation in the insular cortex [part of the brain],” he said. Other studies have shown athletes can even prepare their bodies to perform well despite a decrease in ambient oxygen levels if they know the drop is coming in advance…”

When our CPHT Manchester joint lecturers, Nic and Debs, work with sporting professionals, they ask them to direct their thoughts towards what they want to achieve, then they will get better results.

At CPHT Manchester, we are very successfully producing clinical hypnotherapists that understand how people can enhance their performance.

Get in touch if you want to be part of a very successful team of students who will be having fun learning about hypnotherapy starting this February!  Call Nicola on 0773 866 5172 or email us via

Research for hypnotherapy

Does Hypnotherapy work?

This is one of the questions our students will be asked by friends or colleagues.  It’s a question that both Debbie and Jane, as lecturers at CPHT Manchester, get asked years after we originally qualified.

We could simply answer “yes!” and give a long list of personal examples which both ourselves and the students across the CPHT schools of training will have amassed.  But stories and anecdotal evidence is not solid evidence.

There is an ever-increasing amount of good quality evidence out there confirming the effectiveness of solution focused therapy, along with the benefits of hypnosis.  This is supported by the latest understanding in neuroscience.

It sometimes takes a little time for evidence to become mainstream and more widely accepted by the public and the medical fraternity.  That should not be an excuse to sit and wait though.

At CPHT Manchester we encourage all our hypnotherapy students to participate in a far-reaching research programme. This has already demonstrated the effectiveness of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

The Research Programme:

The Clifton Practice Outcome Rating Programme (CORP) has been designed to measure effectiveness whilst remaining positive and solution focused.

The software is used by students in a very simple way that fits within sessions and benefits both the student and client. Students ask their customers to rate themselves against some simple scales in the initial consultation and at the end of each session thereafter.

The software allocates a score out of 10 for each answer and the changes are measured over a period of time and illustrated in graph form.  Both student and customer can easily see what has changed across the scales.

The Benefits:

Students quickly realise the power of being part of this exciting piece of research. They benefit as practitioners (they are able to compare their results to the global results of other participating hypnotherapists), plus clients benefit from being able to see their own progress. Clients then have an expectation of the progress they can make from past global results. They are also reminded of the areas they should focus on to maximise their improvements.

Hypnotherapy Research Programme
Improvement Rating over 7 sessions

Train to be a Hypnotherapist in Manchester and become part of this exciting research:

Would you like to know more about becoming a Hypnotherapist? Do you live in Manchester or the surrounding area?  Train with CPHT Manchester and participate in this powerful research programme which is helping to change the perception of Hypnotherapy.

Call Debbie on 07724 855395 if you wish to know more.

Hypnotherapists’ Small Steps

Small steps help!

Debbie and Jane, as course lecturers, guide our students to develop skills in a structured way and, in the same way as we encourage our clients, we do this by encouraging small steps.  If you bite off more than you can chew, we may end up in a place where we are putting too much pressure on ourselves.  Whereas by looking at the next ‘small step’ towards our overall goal, we’re much more likely to achieve that goal.

Sometimes we may tell our clients a story to get a point across.  One such story about ‘small steps’ is that of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon!  We regale how he didn’t just take one giant leap for mankind all in one go.  No, he originally had to take the small step of learning how to fly way before he even applied to NASA, and imagine all the small training steps in between first deciding to become an astronaut and going on to land on the moon?

Working out how to get to a goal is almost as important as the goal itself, especially if a client is anxious or depressed.

Solution Focused Techniques

Using Solution Focused techniques, we help our clients adopt a positive attitude towards life and we get our students to adopt a positive attitude towards their training/portfolio etc. We encourage them to focus on what is possible and achievable, rather than mulling over perceived problems.

The results are usually rather impressive!  Our client therapy sessions and student course weekends are positively oriented, uplifting and fun. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to comment on the amount of laughter emanating from our training rooms.

So if you would like a career that changes your life for the positive, as well as the lives of your future clients, then do get in touch!  After all, getting in touch is only one small step, isn’t it?

Jane and Debbie

CPHT Manchester Hypnotherapy Training

Fun with hypnotherapy training

Hypnotherapy with us is fun!

As David Newton, founder of CPHT, is always saying: “It needs to be fun” and he also says “We need to get on with it”.  So when it comes to training at CPHT Manchester we really do like to ‘get on with it’ and have fun.

Even in the interviews we like to laugh and this carries on to the course weekends themselves.  There will be a great deal of concentration too we hasten to add, especially in the early days as students get to grips with neuroscience and how the brain works.

So why are the words ‘we just have to get on with it’ frequently heard in the classroom?  Well, we know the subconscious mind is an absolute professional at procrastination, therefore gentle encouragement to get on and do something, or even simply start a process can be useful – especially when it comes to starting to write up the portfolio that is required at the end of the course!

Fun and laughter is good for the brain.

Many of CPHT’s courses are located within therapy centres and it’s not unusual for receptionists to comment “It’s not supposed to be fun you know”. But we suppose that’s where solution focused hypnotherapy is a bit different, both with the training and once the student graduates and takes a smile into the clinic when meeting a client.

In fact, we’ve had other therapy centre clients and therapists so intrigued they sign up for the course, as do quite a few of our clients from our own hypnotherapy practices.

So keep smiling, it is proven to be very good for you.  And if you want cheering up, then perhaps it is time for that change of career, so have a chat with us.  Check out the dates here:

Manchester Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma Courses, 2016, Dates In!

Hands on from Day One
Hands on from Day One

Dates (see relevant page on site) are in for Manchester’s first Hypnotherapy HPD Courses for 2016. Once again we are advertising a weekday course alongside the weekend course and hope that in time this will become the permanent model, on a bi-annual basis. CPHT has an unbeatable record for post graduate success, and even many of our students who choose not to take the HPD option still go on successfully into business, and remain so.

It’s the hands on nature of our training, combined with focusing on a particular mode of practice, rather than trying to deliver ‘everything hypnotherapy’ in the basic practitioners course, that allows our graduates to feel confident to deal with whoever walks through their clinic door from day one….and what better base from which to develop your broader interest/s in Hypnotherapy than from the perspective of a successful Hypnotherapy Practice?

Ring ….. and secure your Early Bird discount!


Weekend and Weekday Manchester Courses Announced

The ‘dust’ is now settling on course M3, the portfolios are waiting to be sent off to NCH and NCFE, and the graduates are at various stages of establishing their practices. M4 are moving along nicely, bagging their first volunteer stop smokers, producing websites and practicing for practical assessments. M5 got off to a lovely start earlier this month, a small but perfectly formed group…lots of laughter, mostly at Alan, but he’ll get his own back!

What an ideal time to announce the dates for our next Weekend Hypnotherapy HPD Course and what we hope will be our first, of many, Weekday Hypnotherapy HPD Courses. Both course will start in September, and the Monday Tuesday course will run off the back of the weekend course in terms of dates, so Sat Sun/Mon Tue.

Both weekend course and midweek course will lead to the same quality of qualification, which will be the Clifton Practice Diploma in Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy (DSFH), and the externally verified (NCFE) Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma (HPD), which accreditation as level 4 on the National Careers Framework  (NCF) makes it a nationally recognised qualification, fully qualifying you to work as a Hypnotherapist.

Beware, only accept qualifications with bonafide external verification from NCFE or C&G, with accreditation on the NCF, if you want a substantive, meaningful and recognised qualification! If they’re not, ask why they’re not.

Early Bird discounts are running on the September Courses until July end 2015, after that only postcode discounts will apply.  BOOK NOW.


Congratulations to our Latest HPD Hypnotherapy Graduates !

Graduation Day, Well Done

Course M2 Graduated in October and whilst they continued to build their already developing practices, the hard work of verifying their Portfolios for their HPDs began. Alan was impressed, but of course the value of external verification is that it’s not up to Alan…….so Portfolios were sent off to the National Council for Hypnotherapy verifier, and then on to NCFE. The verifiers concurred with Alan, and were so impressed with the standard of work they commented…….

“…….the work was of an excellent standard, and the students should be very proud of all the hard work that they put into this.  It was a pleasure to read.”

Alan (Course Leader) says, group “M2 should be proud of themselves, they have excelled and it has been noticed, and of course that is nothing new for CPHT…it seems that the people who are serious about Hypnotherapy as a Career realise that CPHT is the place to come…..

….It takes a little while to go through the Hypnotherapy HPD verification process, and I find myself focussed on working with group M3 towards their graduation now, but overall, what I find most impressive, is that with Manchester’s first group having completed in December ’13, we remain in a position that every person who has completed the HPD course with us remains in full or part time practice, nearly 18 months on from our first graduates, and it is that, more than anything else, that we are all about.”

Why not sign up to the next CPHT Hypnotherapy HPD course in Manchester, starting in May 2015.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

I am often asked the question ‘What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?’

Well, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) is a model of excellence that uses interventions that are effective. It will use the very best procedures that science and research prescribe. In reality though its core philosophy is very much based on the work of Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg and the basic tenets of SFBT.

Hypnotherapy, and SFH is no exception, has a history of being associated with many forms of therapeutic practice. Often, but not always, this can be a force for good. What follows could be described as the foundation philosophies on which SFH is built. Dr James Braid (1795-1860), who could be thought of as the inventor of modern hypnotism, successfully created a blueprint that could be described as the original hypnotherapy model.

“He was best known in the medical world from his theory and practice of hypnotism, as distinguished from Mesmerism, a system of treatment he applied in certain diseases with great effect.” (Obituary. The Lancet 1860)

Braid’s influence and success was very much a result of his empirical and scientific approach. In effect he said that the clinical progress should be verified by research and related to the latest understanding of psychology. He attributed the success of trance to ordinary psychological or physiological factors such as focused attention, expectation, motivation and endeavour. SFH is very much based on Braid’s basic premise that mental focus on imagery and language mediates the physical and psychological effects of dominant ideas.

It would have appeared sensible to consolidate the work done by Braid and to capitalise on what worked. This was not to be the case. In late Victorian and post Victorian times ‘wackiness’ once more sabotaged the credible scientific clinical practice. Even worse, in the late 19th and most of the 20th Century the pseudo-scientific ‘hi-jacked’ hypnotherapy and kept it in a state, often a delusional state of stagnation.

Fortunately, as Robertson says in the ‘Complete Writings of James Braid “The Father of Hypnotherapy in the 21st Century”, “Braid’s ‘Common Sense’ and empirical orientation have become fashionable once again”‘.

Hypnotherapy was partially rescued from post-Victorian ‘quackery’ and later from Freudian ‘analytical’ theory by psychiatrist, Milton H Erickson. He practised as a hypnotherapist from the 1940’s until his death in the early 1980’s. Erickson’s ideas reached far beyond hypnotic technique. He posed radical ideas regarding the role of therapist and the competency of clients. Milton Erickson was convinced that everyone has a reservoir of wisdom and competency and emphasised the importance of accessing client’s resources and strengths. Major interest in his work gathered momentum in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Erickson’s success and creativity spawned a variety of approaches. There was in particular great interest in one of his primary approaches entailing first learning the problem pattern and then prescribing a small change in the pattern.

Steve de Shazer’s first contact with psychotherapy happened when he read ‘Strategies of Psychotherapy’, the ideas and work of Erickson by Jay Haley. It has been said that this book coupled with the work of the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Paolo Alto, formed the foundations for what would later be called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

The basic tenets of SFBT are well known and are different in many ways from traditional forms of treatment. It is a competency based model and the focus is on the clients’ desired future rather than on past problems or current conflicts. It assumes that no problems happen all the time, there are exceptions and that small changes can lead to large increments of change. The setting of specific, concrete and realistic goals is an important component. In SFBT it is the client that sets the goals. Once formulated the therapist will use a number of specific responding and questioning techniques to assist the client construct the steps that may be required to reach the ‘preferred future’. Solution Focused Hypnotherapists note Steve de Shazer’s often repeated assertion that solution work is “the same whatever problem the client brings”.

In the 1990’s modern technology led to what some have referred to as a sequel of the Copernican revolution. MRI, PET and CAT scans can photograph the brain. Electronic microscopes, the nuclear tagging of living human molecules and other biochemical investigative techniques, enable scientists to have an ever increasing understanding of how the brain works. With at least 500 therapeutic methods, all proffering special theories, techniques and philosophies, psychotherapy could be described as bordering on dysfunctional. The neuroscientific revolution beginning in the 1990’s and progressing with ever increasing vigour into the 21st Century has begun to give the field uncharacteristic coherence. Certainly the days when therapists could make things up have gone.

“For future generations of therapists training will certainly change” says Mary Sykes Wylie and Richard Simon, (Discoveries from Black Box 2002), “Curricula will have to face the accumulation of knowledge coming from neuroscientists… having an understanding of such clinical relevant areas of knowledge as neural networks and brain structures”.

Next Manchester Hypnotherapy HPD Course

CPHT will start their next Weekend Hypnotherapy HPD Course in May 2015. Running for the usual 10 months, the course will graduate in February 2016. Dates are now available on this site, and the course venue will the the popular and friendly Castlefield Hotel, off Deansgate, Central Manchester. A high proportion of the candidates for course M4 (now under way) were from outside Manchester, and were grateful for the postcode discount which has helped offset their travel and accommodation costs, see ‘fees’.

The CPHT Manchester HPD Hypnotherapy course M5, 2015/2016, will carry a 10% Early Bird discount for candidates applying before the end of 2014, so that’s a £236 saving for booking early, and if you live outside Manchester you could benefit further (above). Maximum allowable discount is 20%, or £472.

CPHT’s reputation keeps on growing and growing, and one of the reasons for this is the sense of inclusivity. We’re not training competitors, we’re training people to be a part of our whole inclusive family of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy practitioners, and the more good, confident, modern therapists there are, the more work there will be for all of us.

Give Alan a ring on 0161 820 8135 or e mail at

Only The Best is Good Enough!

Several years ago Hypnotherapy/ists failed in their attempts to bring about Voluntary Self Regulation (VSR). At the time it was broadly agreed that if we managed VSR, that the gateway entry to Hypnotherapy, for those who wished to practice under the regulated ‘umbrella’, would be the Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma, or HPD.

The quality mark of  the HPD was (and remains) that it could only be delivered by schools externally accredited by an independent arbiter such as NCFE or C&G, and the standards of work by the students would be audited by the same.

Since the dissolution of those efforts (and some would say that the increasing profile of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council [CNHC] suggests not all was lost) we have seen a proliferation of short, or cheap, or correspondence, or bargain (Groupon) courses in Hypnotherapy, which of course are appealing to people who are short on cash, or in a hurry to qualify, and of course, CPHT have had to respond to this, and we have…..

Please welcome the highest qualification currently available in Hypnotherapy…the Advanced Hypnotherapy Diploma (AHD) granted level 5 equivalence by NCFE, and available to all HPD graduates of CPHT.

Faced with a dilution of standards, this is the way a serious Hypnotherapy School should react, and if you’re serious about a career in Hypnotherapy, and would like to find yourself still practising a year after graduating, then we would hope that this lights the way for you.

Be the best you can.

Dates Announced for ‘BITE SIZE’ Hypnotherapy HPD Course

CPHT Manchester are proud to announce the dates for our ‘bite size’ Hypnotherapy HPD Course starting in Manchester from January 2015.

Instead of whole day blocks, the Hypnotherapy HPD course has been broken up into more frequent, smaller 3.5 hour units, which will be held on Tuesday evenings, except Tuesdays that follow Bank Holiday Mondays, either in Central Manchester or Sale, (TBA).

If time off work is a problem, or if you have been daunted by the idea of whole weekends studying at a time, this is the course for you, and the Hypnotherapy HPD you graduate with will be every bit as credible and recognised as the weekend course qualification.

All the usual CPHT features are there, the emphasis on ‘hands on’, the inclusive ‘price included’ HPD, all course leaders and contributors are graduates of CPHT and in practice as Hypnotherapists, and of course we continue to offer a monthly payment option, ‘as you go’.

If you’re looking for a new start as a Hypnotherapist in Manchester, you couldn’t do better than CPHT and now there’s yet another way of doing it.

Ring Alan Wick on 0161 820 8135, or e mail for more details or apply from here.

Weekends a Problem?…never quite sure when you’ll be given days off?

CPHT Manchester are piloting a ***HPD Hypnotherapy midweek evening course for just this reason.

Many applicants struggle to get weekends off, and recently, after we had advertised a Thu/Fri course, we were contacted by a hairdresser who pointed out that Friday and Saturday are her two busiest days in work, so neither course worked for her.

As a result of the above, we will shortly publish dates for a Tuesday evening course (Tuesday seemed to be the least likely day to encroach on any other commitments), which will run on a weekly basis, dividing the usual weekend module into four, and even managing a couple of Tuesdays off!

The qualification from this course will be every bit as credible and recognised as the weekend course…so, if this approach appeals to you, give Alan a call on 0161 820 8135 or e mail at

***Dates for the course will begin in January, 2015, and will be posted in the next week or two. Go ahead is subject to reaching a minimum number of applicants.


CPHT Manchester post dates for our next HPD Hypnotherapy Course

Your next opportunity to embark on the Hypnotherapy HPD qualification in Manchester with CPHT will be in November 2014. Commencing in November Sat 15/Sun 16 the course will operate over one weekend a month for 10 months, graduating in August 2015.

Graduates will be fully qualified to practice as Hypnotherapists for all presentations, and will have the unique confidence that only comes from working extensively with members of the public throughout their training.

Course Leader, Alan Wick, himself a CPHT Graduate from 2008, says;          “…it was this practical work during my training, that gave me the confidence to know that I was doing the right thing once I had qualified….. that, and the second to none post grad. supervision experience from CPHT…..”       If you are considering a career in Hypnotherapy in Manchester, or considering Hypnotherapy as part of a ‘portfolio’ approach to self employment, you won’t be better prepared for a successful career than by CPHT.

For any information about Manchester HPD Hypnotherapy training, ring Alan on 0161 820 8135 or e mail at

Change of Dates – CPHT HPD Course in July

Thanks to Castlefield Hotel who warned us of a clash between the first weekend of our next HPD Course and a large concert being held on the Canalside Plaza, opposite.
The first weekend of our next Hypnotherapy Training Course in Manchester will now be 3rd to 6th of July, inclusive, and we can be assured of a peaceful time.
Special thanks to those who’ve already booked, and were able to change around for us.

Next Opportunity for Hypnotherapy Training (HPD) in Manchester

With the 2013 group graduated and practising, and the January 2014 group well under way, CPHT are starting to become established in the North West, and the next opportunities to take your Hypnotherapy Training (HPD) with CPHT Manchester will come in July.

We realise that weekends aren’t always possible or popular, and so, as well as a weekend course there will be a Thursday/Friday course running concurrently, the choice of Hypnotherapy Training (HPD) course is yours, and of course, whichever you choose, with CPHTs unique focus on practical hands on training, you’ll be landing in Spring 2015 with a fully fledged Hypnotherapy business up and running.

Ring Alan at CPHT Manchester on 0161 820 8135 or email at